Centre for Ecology and Conservation
University of Exeter, Cornwall campus
Penryn TR10 9FE
richarddavidwoods AT hotmail.co.uk
Hailing from deepest darkest Devon, I grew up spoiled rotten by the plethora of moors, beaches, and fantastic countryside on offer. During my Biology degree at Cardiff University, classic studies by Nico Tinbergen and Konrad Lorenz inspired me to want explore their subject in detail, leading to my MSc in Evolutionary and Behavioural Ecology with the University of Exeter. My masters project in the beautiful French Pyrenees with Dr Andy Russell was a great head-first dive in to the trials and tribulations of collecting behavioural data in the wild, and has left me with a healthy respect for work involving natural study systems.
I am relatively new to the fields of cognition and comparative psychology having recently started my PhD on “Communication and Cognition in Wild Jackdaws” using three study sites comprising the Falmouth Jackdaw Project. I am really enjoying learning to explore cognitive processes and tease apart aspects of psychology from behavioural experimentation. I am hopeful that our newly-created study system can form the backbone of many future projects in this fascinating area of research. Outside of ecology I enjoy playing music, cooking, and I am always on the lookout for new ways to explore the great outdoors, whether with my bike, surfboard, or trusty walking boots!